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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MIAMI

Jagdish Swaminathan
UNTITLED (MINIATURE PAINTING)
Estimate
8,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MIAMI

Jagdish Swaminathan
UNTITLED (MINIATURE PAINTING)
Estimate
8,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art

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Jagdish Swaminathan
1928 - 1994
UNTITLED (MINIATURE PAINTING)
Bearing Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi label with 'CON NO. DMG174/ JS/ 25 SIZE 11 X 15 / ARTIST NAME J. SWAMINATHAN / TITLE MINIATURE PAINTING / PRICE Rs. 2,100/-' on reverse 
Oil on canvas
11 ⅛ x 15 ⅜ in. (28.2 x 39 cm.); Overall dimensions: 25 ⅞ x 15 ⅜ in. (65.7 x 39 cm.)
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Provenance

Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
Private Collection, Maryland
Acquired from the above in 2017

Catalogue Note

'Swaminathan treats images like the numen in nature - that is metaphorically, but in a sense where the metaphor is now detached from the material-mythical world, and lifted into the ethereal spheres of lyric, art and poetry.' (J. Swaminathan, 'The Cygan, An Auto-bio note,' Lalit Kala Contemporary 40, New Delhi, 1995, p. 11).

Jagdish Swaminathan’s conceptual landscapes speak to the artist's devotion to nature. His work is remarkable for its overarching sense of order and calm, qualities which are palpable in these current paintings. The iconography belongs to his popular 'Bird, Tree and Mountain' series, a configuration that is repeated in various iterations throughout the artist's oeuvre after it first appeared in the 1960s. The stylistic elements in these works are borrowed from the indigenous aesthetic of Indian miniature paintings.

Lot 42 is a small scale study of the series – a rare, jewel-like painting which compactly reflects Swaminathan's artistic prowess. Here he achieves the delicate balance between abstraction and naturalism. The canvas is characteristically divided into distinguishable color fields, in this case, pastel shades of a beautiful sunrise over flat planes of stylized, green mountains. Despite the fact that he was inspired by the miniature tradition, Swaminathan produced very few works in this small format, making this a rare opportunity to acquire one of his paintings in this size.

In Lot 43, the small scale depiction of the bird creates the illusion of scale, suggesting that this is in fact a magnified view of a miniature landscape. Here again, the canvas is divided into three bright color fields - shades of red, orange and, green. Geeta Kapur has noted ‘Swaminathan developed his visual language 'on the basis of Indian tradition which offers a vast variety of the subtlest most brilliant hues in its art forms' (G. Kapur, Contemporary Indian Artists, Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 1978, p. 210)

Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art

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New York